JAMES CARR, OBE
IT IS with regret that we report the death of James Carr, former chairman of the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) and of the Environment Agency’s North West Regional Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee (RFERAC). He was also a Board member of the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST), founder member of the Eden Rivers Trust (ERT) and owned fishing on both the Eden and the Spey. Among many other official positions, he was High Sheriff of Cumbria in 2010. James was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to conservation, education and the community, and was presented with the award in March by S&TA (now S&TC)’S patron, The Prince of Wales. James became S&TA’S chairman in 2006 and oversaw the organisation’s move to charitable status in 2008. He became one of its first trustees and continued as chairman until 2012, although he remained a trustee until his retirement in 2015. James’s chairmanships combined a businessman’s and accountant’s financial knowledge and experience with an unusually wide-ranging appreciation of the major fisheries issues at the time. Being intimately involved with S&TA, AST, RFERAC and ERT gave him a deep insight into the freshwater fisheries world, and he was also an ardent advocate of stopping the indiscriminate netting of salmon around the UK coastline and the lethal impact that salmon farming on the west coast of Scotland was having on wild salmon and sea-trout. James was a great country sportsman and loved his salmon fishing. His final day’s fishing was at the end of last season on the Tweed where, on his very last cast, he landed an estimated 26 lb hen fish, which he duly returned. It was his fervent hope that the UK’S salmon population would one day thrive again as it had done when he was younger – a cause about which he was passionate and spent so much of his time trying to achieve. A Service of Thanksgiving for James’s life was held in Carlisle Cathedral on June 10, at which S&TC, AST and ERT were represented, along with past members of RFERAC. He will be very sorely missed by those who worked with him in the fisheries world, and meanwhile our thoughts are with his wife, Jocelyn, and daughters Octavia and Leonora.